Greywalker’s ‘Dark Waters’ is punishing, thrashy metalcore with some decidedly melodic elements. “Carrying the torch for the new wave of American heavy metal,” they say, the group traffics in, “razor sharp dual guitar attacks, thunderous rhythms and pure, unfiltered aggression.” Without Control, the band’s sophomore full-length effort, “showcases the sonic expansion and full realization of the band’s sound,” by channeling “that raw energy,” that defines “their relentless live performances.” There are a lot of comparisons that can be made to Darkest Hour here. I mean a lot. It can be hard to pinpoint a band’s exact influences, but like Darkest hour, these guys seem to fuse Gothenburg melo-death with a very intense, punishing take on East Coast-style hardcore. Their self-association with the new wave of American heavy metal furthers my faith in that evaluation. Regardless, these guys are amazing musicians – infinitely better than I am – and who ever said (other than the assholes that have obviously said this) that sounding like another band diminished the value of one’s own self-expression? The production and vocals on here are immaculate, the dueling guitars are engaged in a punishing, impenetrable tandem attack and the rhythm section is impeccably on point. This is a quality release from a talented band. Check out ‘Dark Waters’ below!
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